I’m so thankful that my job reviewing movies gets me invited to special advanced screenings of certain films. I’ve been waiting for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey since I discovered that Guillermo del Torro was asked to direct it. Of course, time had passed and he left the project, but not without finishing the script. Peter Jackson came back onboard and I thought, well, he did an amazing job with Lord of the Rings. This should be fun.
It was quite a departure from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, that’s for sure. I wrote about it in Juice.ph on my review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I had misgivings, especially with the tone, but when the film finally ended, I wanted more. I did not want it to end.
The only thing I didn’t get to say in the review is something my brother and I were discussing when he asked me what I thought about the film. I was explaining what I had written in my review and he said, “I think, by this time, Peter Jackson has bought himself the right to indulge himself a little bit, because what he will give us will be magnificent anyway.” I’m paraphrasing, of course, but I agree with what he said. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a lot more indulgent than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It could be tighter, and some details did not have to be expounded upon, and there were elements I feel that could have been deleted that would not have destroyed the flow of the film. But when the movie ended, I was very happy with what I got, completely taken into the world of Middle Earth all over again and awestruck by the rich amount of detail that they put in the making of this film.
If this is Peter Jackson being indulgent, with a work that is timeless and a classic, then he can take my money anytime. I’d be glad to give it away.
Addendum: Watch it in 3D IMAX, if you are able. It’s worth it.